Record crowd attends first Sunday Scramble of 2018 at Bicester Heritage

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Even youngsters are drawn to the E-type Jaguar | Bicester Heritage photos by Amy Shore Photography

Bicester Heritage, the former RAF air base that has become a classic car center, drew more than 4,000 people, a record number, to its recent first Sunday Scramble of 2018.

More than 1,000 cars were on display on the 348-acre facility. They ranged from an original Austin 7 to the newest Ferrari 812 Superfast.

The facility’s newest business occupant, Sports Purpose, offered what was termed a “stunning” display that included the Leyton House CG901B, a Formula One racer built in Bicester for the 1990 Grand Prix racing season.

The Heritage center’s on-site car storage facility, Historit, attracted attention when it revved the engine on the 1979 Williams FW07 racer driven by Alan Jones.

The facility has become the home to 30 specialist companies, including an on-side micro-brewery, The Wriggly Monkey Brewery, which served its first prototype beverage, Sanction A.

The former RAF base sat neglected for nearly 40 years and had been added to Historic England’s “At Risk Register” in 2008. But now more than 8o percent of its historic buildings have been restored and re-activated while retaining their 1930s architectural character.

A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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